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How to protect yourself from bad winter?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by green frog, Sep 9, 2007.

  1. green frog

    green frog Senior Member
    Messages: 246

    With the drought this year I'm worried its going to be rough one. With residential contracts do you charge above contract for plowing twice in one day? Or have a maximum plows in a week or month so you can charge a little more if you get a blizzard? Or am I just wishful thinking.
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    All seasonal Nov1st to Apr 30th if it snows I go.Doesn't matter 1 time or 50 that's how I play it.
  3. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    If you're using contracts; they generally contain a "blizzard clause" and vary in form and wording by the type of contract - per push, seasonal, etc. With a "per push" account, you'll usually have graduated charges for ranges up to 12", then so much an inch over 12" plus the amount of the last range - so if you charge $100 for 9" to 12" and $2 an inch over 12", a 15" snowfall would total $106. For a seasonal - a blizzard clause would specify a charge for a snowfall amount in excess of a xxx inches within 24 hours or a total snowfall of more than xxx inches per season.

    Some (like me) do not have a blizzard clause and give a price per season regardless of snowfall amount. BUT the seasonal price is about 50% higher than I would expect from a similar per push account. Some people just prefer it that way so they know exactly what they'll spend on snow removal for the season.

    With a per push account, I charge based on the total snowfall in a 24 hour period. That way, I can decide when to plow - I may want to plow every 3-4" or wait till it's over, even if it's 14". Just depends on circumstances and characteristics of the snow.
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2007